Video Assignment: Résumés and Cover Letters

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Video title: How to Write a Great Résumé and Cover Letter

Topic(s): Résumé building

Search terms: how to write a great résumé and cover letter

Time (of video): 2:45

Posted by: Harvard Extension School

Date posted: September 21, 2012


Video description: Tips on how to create an effective résumé and cover letter that will attract the interest of potential employers.


Question/writing prompt: Research how much time the average employer will likely spend looking at your résumé. React to that statistic.


In-class activities:


1. Using the Résumé Tips Objective: Students apply the tips provided to improve their résumés.


Show the video from the beginning to 1:45.

  1. Have students highlight the important résumé tips provided.
  2. Have students work on their résumé in class using the tips they listed.
  3. Students critique their own résumés.

2. Cover Letters and Networking Objective: Students learn the importance of networking on the job market.


Show the video from 1:45 to the end.

  1. What important tips about cover letters are offered at the end of the video?
  2. How do you network? Have the class brainstorm networking strategies.